An Official Apology from FolkEast

A Huge Apology to Mary Panton and everyone who had hoped to see her at the FolkEast farewell ceilidh with Fendragon on Sunday night, 21st August.  Her absence was due to a massive administrative error on the part of FolkEast .

Mary is one of the most reliable and well respected callers we have and she most definitely would have been at the festival had she actually known about the ceilidh.  Due to a major administrative error Mary herself had no knowledge of the booking and we cannot apologise more to her and to all those who had hoped to see her there. We have invited her next year, and she is very happy to come.

We look forward to seeing her in 2018.


All About the Dance – 2017 


Bowjolie welcome you to the hauntingly beautiful music of Sweden.  Add to your dance miles – from the fun and sociable Slangpolska to the elegance of a Hambo.  No partner needed but non grip shoes recommended.  See you on the dance floor!




A local Suffolk 6 piece group (fiddle, melodeon, concertina, banjo, bass & 30s percussion). They are the popular choice for local ceilidhs. Start Friday afternoon at FolkEast with guaranteed frolicsome dance fun!




Bof!  play French and Breton music for dances and concerts and organise related workshops. Their repertoire is mainly traditional and their line-up is hurdy gurdy, diatonic accordion, bagpipes, guitar and bass. For FolkEast, Bof! will focus mainly on Breton dances and will be joined by singer Gwendal Moële from Brittany.





a Freylechs? Think you can handle a hora? Then take a trip from East Anglia to Eastern Europe at our Klezmer workshop. This is a chance to learn some classic dances from a rich tradition based on Jewish wedding celebrations. Dances will be taught by Jon Hooton, with music from Tanz, a Norwich-based Klezmer trio with Helen Boreham on accordion and clarinet, Fran Broady on fiddles and vocals and Louisa Young on clarinet and vocals.



Dance Folkus Band (caller Nicki Acott)

Dance Folks Band hold regular ceilidhs on the first Friday each month in Woodbridge Community Hall. They are an amorphous group of local Suffolk session musicians who welcome others to play with them.





Moirai are three women who manage to create an orchestra and a choir of sounds. Throw away your preconceptions about what constitutes folk music and open your minds to a colourful palette of sounds and song. They will take you on a roller-coaster ride through beautiful traditional tunes, haunting and buoyant compositions, and songs that will pluck at your heartstrings as well as have you holding your sides to prevent bursting with laughter.


The Young’uns in the mix  

The Young’uns in The Mix is back! Yes, wigidy wigidy wack, and suchlike. David Eagle from The Young’uns takes to the decks to DJ for a second year, mashing together folk music with … well, anything he bloody well likes. Rapper Jay Z teams up with Bellowhead, while Beyoncé collaborates with show Of Hands. The Young Tradition and The watersons have become heavily influenced by British TV theme tunes, and Christy Moore joins forces with Michael Jackson. Come and witness the results of these musical experiments in the dance tent, Saturday night at … It’s folk, but not as you know it. It’s The Young’uns IN The Mix!


Dave Shepherd and Anna Pack

Dave is well known as the fiddle player in Blowzabella and has a vast repertoire of dances and fiddle music from England and western Europe. Anna is a dancer and musician with a longstanding interest in French traditional dance, and has performed with Karen Tweed and others in The Chase and Circa Compania, both as a dancer and player of the diatonic accordion.



The Swing Museum

The Swing Museum are a quartet performing Hot Club Style Swing from the 1930 s and 1940 s and will providing a tea dance  set at FolkEast.



The Valiant Dance Band

The Valiant Dance Band continues the tradition of distinctive ceilidh dance bands from the eastern counties. Line-up: Katie Howson (melodeon), Liz Giddings (fiddle), Roger Digby (anglo concertina), Rob Neal (cello) and John Howson (banjo).





Fendragon are a   Cambridge based Ceilidh band   made up of four of Cambridgeshires top folk musicians playing lively and very danceable music . A farewell Ceilidh to round off your weekend.